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Loans

The libraries at Lund University have the same lending conditions and library card. Our library catalogue Lovisa allows you to search for literature and manage your loans.

The library catalogue

You can use our library catalogue Lovisa to search for literature and see where it is located. If it is kept in closed stacks or in off site storage you need to order it. If the book is already out on loan you can request it. You can also check your loans and in some cases extend them.

Library card

Lund University students and staff use their LU card as their library card. Before you can borrow books using your LU card you need to activate your card at one of the libraries. Please register for a library account before you visit a library and do not forget to bring valid photo id.

If you are a guest researcher or guest student you also need to bring your letter of acceptance or other proof of affiliation with Lund university in order to get your library card or to activate your LU card for borrowing books.

Even if you are neither a student nor staff you are still welcome to use the libraries and borrow books. You need to have turned 18 and be resident in Sweden. Register to get a library account and then pick up your library card at any of the libraries. Do not forget to bring valid photo id.

If you do not have a Swedish personal identification number (personnummer or samordningsnummer) and you are not affiliated with the university you must also submit a personal guarantee (PDF), in addition to a valid photo id. The personal guarantee needs to be signed by a Swedish resident older than 18 and this person also needs to accompany you to the library when you apply for your library card. This person cannot be an employee at any of the libraries.

  • Are you studying at a distance? Please visit our Distance students page to learn more on how to obtain a library card.

Lending conditions

A valid document for lending purposes is a LU card or a library card issued by the libraries at Lund University. This must be shown every time you wish to borrow books. When you submit your application for your library account you agree to comply with our lending conditions. The terms and conditions are established by the library board and are approved by the University’s legal unit.

A valid photo id may in exceptional cases be used to borrow books. This does however not apply to the libraries at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology.

Rules for what may be borrowed and for how long vary between the libraries. Usually reference books, journals, special collections, and older printed books may only be read on site.

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